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Joel Embiid, Sixers love 3-guard lineup with James Harden leading

PHILADELPHIA–Late in the second half of a 120-111 win over the New Orleans Pelicans, the Philadelphia 76ers threw out a new lineup that hasn’t been seen often while out on the floor: a 3-guard lineup. Now, the Sixers really haven’t been able to use this lineup due to various injuries to James Harden and Tyrese Maxey, but now that they …

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College basketball’s top 20 transfers: Illinois’ Terrence Shannon leads rankings of players at new schools

Nearly 2,000 — yes, 2,000! — Division I basketball players hit the transfer portal last offseason. The mass exits and entrances across the country meant there was of course bound to be some players left in tricky spots, yet many have clicked right in with their new homes and are producing at a high level. David Cobb looks like something …

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Donovan Mitchell records highest-scoring game since Kobe Bryant’s 81: Nine numbers to know

Historic games are seemingly becoming a nightly thing in the NBA. In the past week alone we have seen Luka Doncic record the first 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double in NBA history, Giannis Antetokounmpo become the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to put up consecutive 40-20 games, and now, on Monday night, Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell pour in 71 points in an overtime …

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‘I’m not used to the no fight in us’

Phoenix Suns v Toronto Raptors It can be tempting to write off the Phoenix Suns dropping 6-of-7 as being because Devin Booker is out with a groin strain. However, watch the games of the team that has fallen to eighth in the West and it’s clear the problem is bigger than that. In those seven games the Suns have a …

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Creighton vs. Seton Hall odds, line: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 3 predictions from proven model

The Creighton Bluejays will try to extend their two-game winning streak when they face the Seton Hall Pirates on Tuesday night. Creighton lost six straight games in December, but it bounced back with wins over Butler and DePaul. Seton Hall snapped a three-game losing streak with an 88-66 win over St. John’s on Saturday.   Tip-off is set for 8:30 …

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Why daily leagues are worth the work

Welcome to 2023! As a kid, I can’t help but think about how I envisioned the world being some version of Back to the Future II and Demolition Man by now (or insert any sci-fi action flick from the 80s/90s). But hey, I guess I’ll make do with flying cars and Cybertrucks for the time being. With the turn of …

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Kansas vs. Texas Tech odds, line: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 3 predictions from proven computer model

The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks will be looking to extend their six-game winning streak when they face the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday night. Kansas wrapped up a three-game homestand with a 69-67 win against Oklahoma State on New Year’s Eve. Texas Tech is looking to bounce back from a 67-61 loss to then-No. 18 TCU on Saturday, snapping …

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Kentucky vs. LSU odds, line: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 3 predictions from proven computer model

The Kentucky Wildcats will try to build on their win over Louisville when they face the LSU Tigers on Tuesday night. Kentucky bounced back from a loss to Missouri in its conference opener with its 86-63 win against Louisville on New Year’s Eve. LSU is riding a seven-game winning streak after beating then-No. 9 Arkansas last Wednesday.  Tip-off is set …

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Purdue at No. 1, Charleston ranked for 1st time in 20 years

ap poll basketball Purdue solidified its No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll following UConn’s first loss of the season, while No. 23 Charleston moved into the rankings for the first time in 20 years. The Boilermakers remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week, receiving all but one first-place vote from a 61-person media panel …

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This and That: Butler in DC

Check out these observations and quotes from Georgetown’s lamentable 80-51 blasting by Butler, in DC. Links: Postgame pressers AD Report Looking Bad That Georgetown struggled is an understatement. Just look at random, significant and defining numbers: Butler’s Statistical Dominance over Georgetown Bryson Mozone was capable off the bench. (Ron Bailey) Georgetown, now 5-10, 0-4 in the BIG EAST, last led …

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Auburn slips to No. 22 in latest AP Poll

Auburn won its only game last week, taking down the Florida Gators 61-58, but that was not enough to prevent the Tigers from falling two spots to No. 22 in the latest AP Poll. The Tigers (11-2, 1-0 SEC) are one of five SEC teams to crack the top 25 of the poll. They are trailing No. 7 Alabama, No. …

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BREAKING: Deuce Vaughn declares for NFL Draft

Two days after ripping off over 100 rushing yards and a touchdown against No. 5 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, K-State running back Deuce Vaughn has declared for the NFL Draft. Vaughn had two seasons of eligibility remaining if he wanted them, after playing his freshman season in the COVID year of 2020. As an undersized running back from …

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BoilerUpload – Purdue 64, Rutgers 65

Foul trouble kept Zach Edey on the bench early, and Paul Mulcahy was too much in the second half, as Rutgers knocks off the #1 ranked Boilermakers, 65-64. This was the second straight season Rutgers takes down an undefeated and top ranked Purdue team. Zach Edey had 19 points and 11 rebounds, but Cam Spencer’s three with just over 10 …

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